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Unread 05-04-2007, 02:44 PM   #1
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Details on 8.8 swap or D44

I need as much information as possible on swapping out my D35 for either an 8.8 od D44.
What would be better?
If you've done either one, how much did it all cost?
How was the installation process?
What exactly do you need to do this?
details, details!

I have a 89' YJ Sahara, with 3 inch lift, 33's

Help me out, thanks!

You don't like your job, you don't strike. You go in every day and do it really half-assed. That's the American way.
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Unread 05-04-2007, 02:53 PM   #2
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there are a lot of good threads on what all is involved and prices people have paid if you search.
The 8.8 is a stronger axle, has rear disk brakes, and has 4.10 (open and LSD) option stock.. so it is a better choice.
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Unread 05-04-2007, 03:32 PM   #3
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i bought my 8.8 from a junk yard for $100!!! it has 4:10's and an open diff. the open diffs have a stronger carrier!!!

i would say the whole install cost ~$225

axle 100
brakes ~75
yoke adapter 28
perches and u-bolts 30

later on i added a mini spool for 81

i was wanting to do either the 8.8 or 44 swap. i am soooo glad i did the 8.8 over the 44!!!! stronger axle, cheaper parts, ease of install (not like the 44 is much different), and hey i got disk brakes all around!!!! ohhh yeaaaa!!!!!!!
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Unread 05-04-2007, 03:52 PM   #4
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My price might scare you away but my 8.8 was 250 without the diskbrake hardware.

8.8, 4.10's, open carrier -$250 (They're made of gold around here.)
Shock mounts & U-bolts -$40
U-bolt plates -$40
Yoke adapter $-30
New brakes, calipers, etc -$320
Knowing Im not going to break it, it was worth every penny.
'87 Wrangler, Stroked with a few other toys...
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Unread 05-04-2007, 04:15 PM   #5
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Got my 8.8 for 5 dollars. Gotta look around. Ebay is a wonderful thing if you can get lucky. I'm regearing mine so gears weren't an issue for me.
My Build Up

95 YJ, D30/8.8 w/ 4.88s, SOA, 35x14.50x16.5 Pit Bull Mud Dawgs, 101" Wheelbase, Custom Front Bumper, Winch, Custom Rear Tow Points, Traction Bar, Aussie Locker in front, 20 Gal. Gas Tank modification, Hurculiner Tub, Custom Rear Bumper, SYE and CV shaft, BTF Cross-over Steering, RCI 2191 fuel cell, BTF Rockers, RE 1.5" SOA springs up front and XJ springs in the rear

Down the line a bit...engine swap, the list goes on.
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